Che in our faces, &c.
October 9 was the 50th anniversary of Che Guevara’s death — his execution — and there has been a lot of writing about him. For and against. The Irish government put out a postage stamp, honoring Guevara. What a disgusting act.
I have written a lot over the years about Guevara. I don’t have much to add now. I refer you to Maria Werlau, a tireless and excellent researcher into Cuba, whose website, Cuba Archive, is here. She has just published an article titled “Che Guevara’s Forgotten Victims.”
I will give you one little thing — little but telling. Yesterday, for reasons I could get into, I was re-reading a piece I wrote last year on Danilo Maldonado Machado, a.k.a. El Sexto, the Cuban street artist and human-rights activist, who is in and out of prison. I interviewed him at the Oslo Freedom Forum.
At the end of our interview, I asked him a standard question: “What do you wish people could know?” And you know what he said? You know what were the first words out of his mouth? “Che Guevara was a murderer. He wasn’t a hero.”
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